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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost for long-distance movers?

Long-distance movers transport your belongings across the country for you. No more renting a trailer and road-tripping from state to state with your entire house hitched to your bumper. Long-distance movers make the move happen so you can fly to your new home, suitcase in hand, and wait for your furniture to arrive. Nationally, the average price range for long-distance movers is $1,490-$2,230. The distance you are moving and the number of cubic feet the movers have to transport will both affect cost. Another factor in long-distance moving costs is whether you choose to pay for an exclusive move or a consolidated move.

In an exclusive move, which is more expensive, your belongings are the only cargo on the moving truck. The movers travel directly to your new house and deliver your belongings on a scheduled day. A consolidated move is more affordable because the movers transport your belongings along with those of other people, saving them time and gas — which means you save money. The downside is that your belongings typically arrive with a two-week delivery window rather than on a prescheduled day. Read reviews to make sure you can trust the company with your possessions to ensure a peaceful moving process.

What is considered a local move vs. a long-distance move?

Local moves are among the most common moves. Unlike a long-distance move, a local move is typically less than 50 miles and does not cross state lines. Generally, a local move only takes one day, and movers tend to charge by the hour. 

The definition of a long-distance move may vary depending on the moving company. Generally, a long-distance considered to be any move of 400 miles or more. However, some say a long-distance move is over 50-100 miles. 

Local Move

A move under 50 miles

Long-Distance Move

A move over 50-100 miles or over 400 miles; may also be called an “interstate move” or “out-of-state move”

Out-of-State Move

A move that crosses state lines; may also be called an “interstate move” or “long-distance move”

Interstate Move

A move that crosses state lines; may also be called an “out-of-state move” or “long-distance move”

Intrastate Move

A move that begins and ends in the same state, typically beyond 50 miles

Interstate moves require additional legal preparation and will incur additional costs for distance, the amount and weight of your items, the preparation required and various other factors. Moving companies tend to do an initial weighing of the truck, which you should be present for.

A move that crosses state lines is considered an interstate move or an out-of-state move. Contrast this with an intrastate move, which begins and ends in the same state, but is typically above 50 miles. 

To determine whether your move is local or long-distance, contact the best movers in your area.



How many movers should I hire for my long-distance move?

To figure out how many movers you need, take the size of your home, the number of items you need to move and the weight of those items to estimate how many movers you might need.

For example, a studio or one-bedroom apartment might take two movers to load and unload your belongings efficiently. A two- or three-bedroom home might require three or more movers. And a three- or four-bedroom house might require four movers.

Ask moving companies in your area how many movers — and how many hours — it may take to complete your long-distance move. 

How much does it cost to move out of state?

Moving out of state costs an average of $5,630, according to the American Moving & Storage Association. However, this is just an estimate — how much you’ll pay to move out of state will likely depend on the weight of your belongings, if you need storage, the distance of the move and more.

To avoid any surprising or hidden fees, get free estimates from movers near you.

What is the cheapest way to move long distance?

The cheapest way to move long distance is to plan ahead. This allows you to capitalize on several money-saving strategies. For example, you may consider renting a portable moving container. These are often cheaper than moving trucks, though moving truck rentals are a great option for moderately sized homes. 

Planning ahead also gives you time to start looking around for free moving boxes and supplies. You might also be able to snag discounts from moving companies if you book far out in advance and ask movers for a deal. Try not to move during the peak season (spring or summer), as prices tend to be highest during that time.

Contact the best long-distance movers in your area to get free estimates and figure out a way to save money.  

How do I choose the best long-distance moving company?

First, compare the best long-distance moving companies by performing an online search for national or local moving services.

Pay close attention to the moving companies’ ratings and reviews. When reading the reviews, take note of any feedback related to the movers’ pricing, professionalism, ability to work quickly and whether the company has damaged customers’ belongings. You should also check to make sure the moving company has the proper license or insurance within your state. 

Once you’ve found a few movers that fit your criteria, contact the companies to get free estimates. Compare quotes between moves to decide if a quote is fair. And keep an eye out for any deals and discounts movers may be offering during non-peak seasons.

What should I pack first when moving?

First on your packing checklist are non-essential items you don’t need to access for the next couple of weeks or so. This can include things like holiday decorations, extra towels and collectibles.

Then, move on to artwork, entertainment items and special kitchenware you hardly ever use. 

As moving day draws near, pack children’s games, jewelry, artwork and all linens except for an essential set for each household member.

Next up is kitchen equipment, items in your medicine cabinet, bathroom supplies, laundry supplies and electronics.

One to two days before your move, pack furniture, rugs and tools.

On moving day (or a few days before), pack your clothes, bedding, cleaning supplies, and other necessities like snacks and food.

How much do you tip long-distance movers?

Movers are generally tipped 10% to 20% or around $50 to $200 per mover. However, it may make less sense to tip a percentage of the total cost of the move because there might be more travel, gas and other fees compared to local moves.

But if you’ve got cash to spend and are very satisfied with the job, you can always tip more. Of course, tipping is not mandatory — especially if you’re not satisfied with the move.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a mover during the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you’re trying to set up a consultation or an appointment with a mover during the COVID-19 pandemic, make sure to use digital tools to avoid exposure. When searching for movers online, ask if they’d be willing to do a video chat to assess the size of your move. This will be in place of the typical “walk-through” they perform, and they may be able to give you a price quote. You can also discuss safe strategies for completing the job during your call or video chat.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a mover when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a mover, consider making adjustments to accommodate current guidelines. This may involve staying outside while the mover works inside your home or letting the mover handle only parts of the move.

It’s important to follow social distancing guidelines while performing any service work. For example, do not make physical contact with the movers, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you at all times, and use digital payments instead of cash or a check.

Reviews for Charlotte long distance movers
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent communication. Handled a long distance move extremely well. I would highly recommend to anyone in need of moving services.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Elizabeth v.
Mission Moving did a wonderful job with my long-distance move (just over 100 miles). They were super responsive in planning the move, provided a detailed overview of their process, were timely and 100% professional. All my items made it here safely with no damage. I recommend them for local and longer distance moves :).
Mission Moving and Storage LLCMission Moving and Storage LLC
Abby O.
Trevor and his team were great! They were also super flexible with me changing my moving plans and dates THREE times in the middle of a pandemic. I was hesitant at first because this was a long distance move of about 700 miles but Haulers and Installers pulled it off flawlessly and even delivered and unloaded the next day so I was able to do my long distance move in a VERY short time span. Would absolutely recommend these guys for any kind of move!
Haulers and Installers, Moving Co.Haulers and Installers, Moving Co.
Thumbtack Customer
I had the best experience.. All the staff was careful and nice. They were fast and the owner was nice and was there to oversee things. I would have never been able to move that fast at that price for a long distance move. A+
Move Pack CleanMove Pack Clean
Jhumki S.
Very professional, courteous and always with a smile on their faces. I would recommend their services. mine was a long distance move, and they kept me informed at all times. Follow up was prompt and the whole move was stress free. Thankyou!
Smart Move USASmart Move USA
Audreen H.
Late to arrive but so friendly and professional. I’ve moved long distance a few times and these were the most courteous and efficient packing/loading crew I’ve had. Will see how the final move ends, but I’m pleased so far!
American Moving and Hauling Inc.American Moving and Hauling Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Great moving experience today with Pack It Up. From Charlotte, NC to State College, PA the movers did an excellent job. Both fast and careful you could tell they had experience and were very personable also. Would definitely recommend to anyone doing a long distance move.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Kingsley Restoration for a long distance move and could not be more pleased. They were professional, friendly, honest, and timely in all of their communications and work, AND they had the most competitive rate. I absolutely recommend hiring them!
Kingsley Water Damage RestorationKingsley Water Damage Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
Mike was extremely flexible in scheduling my long distance move and went out of his way to accommodate my moving needs. My furniture was wrapped and packed well for a stress free and damage free move. He was quick and efficient. I would highly recommend this company for moving and would definitely use them in the future!
Kingsley Water Damage RestorationKingsley Water Damage Restoration
Amanda A.
I had the best moving experience with SG Delivers. The movers were very courteous, professional, and punctual! I appreciate how much Rashawn (The owner) communicated with me regarding the move. I would definitely use this company again for another long-distance move and would highly recommend them to others! Especially if you're looking to move on a budget. :)
SG DeliversSG Delivers
Thumbtack Customer
Karin and Mike went over and beyond to accommodate my long distance moving needs! They responded quickly and were very efficient, as well as friendly. I appreciate their flexibility and great, competitive prices. I high recommend. Thanks!
Kingsley Water Damage RestorationKingsley Water Damage Restoration
Martha B.
I used Mission Moving for a long distance move from Charlotte to Chapel Hill. They were extremely easy to deal with throughout the process, from setting up and scheduling the move, to packing, to unloading. Mr. Winston and his crew were courteous, efficient, and careful with my belongings. I truly appreciate their help in making a stressful situation go as smoothly as possible!
Mission Moving and Storage LLCMission Moving and Storage LLC
Erin K.
I was moving from Charlotte to Asheville, and Move and Go quoted me a very affordable rate for a long-distance move. The 2 gentlemen who moved me were professional and did an excellent job of loading and unloading my belongings, and didn't complain or act like it was a problem when my driveway wasn't accessible. Everything arrived in perfect condition. I'd definitely use them again.
Move and Go LLCMove and Go LLC
Portia Y.
This moving experience was AMAZING! They arrived on time, in fact 10 minutes early. They handled our furniture with care and wrapped it so that no damages would occur. They were very friendly and professional. This was a long distance move and they were timely getting to the receiving end. When they unloaded the furniture they were just as professional and efficient. Excellent job!!! We will use them again in a few weeks for a local move.
Sweatman MovingSweatman Moving
Sharon m.
Just4 move recently helped me with a long distance move. They were having some staffing issues but I am happy to say they did a great job in minimizing its impact on my move. The owners took over the move and made sure that my items were secure and arrived at their destination. We have a couple of minor outstanding items but I would say that my move was a success. I would definitely use them again.
LOCAL MOVE $650 & 10% OFFLOCAL MOVE $650 & 10% OFF
Barry c.
Winston was very professional and communicative during the whole process. I booked a long distance move from NC to MA. There were some complications in logistics due to weather but Winston was very open with communicating the status of the move every step of the way. They wrapped all my furniture and took great care of all our belongings. I would definitely book them again if I had a move in NC.
Upscale Experts Moving LLCUpscale Experts Moving LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Spoke with Tori at Pack it up moving. Told him I needed to move from Charlotte NC to Colonial Heights VA. Tori told me know problem for this long distance move and gave me a great price. Guy's showed on time, was very professional ,and careful with my belongings. They worked hard and steady and got me moved in one day. Would definitely use them again for sure. I would give them more than 5 Stars!!!
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thumbtack Customer
I strongly recommend this guy, Who's a savior. We hired some other moving company for our long distance relocation. But that company seems to be fraud and instead of moving our truck to home location, they took it to some other location and left the truck unattended. We were completely blank and clueless about what to do until we contacted Tori. He and his tea came as savior for us, they arranged the immediate next day delivery and moved our stuff back to home location. Thanks again Tori.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Thumbtack Customer
I had a long distance move from Charlotte NC to Hartford, CT. Tori and his team were AMAZING. He really cared about my home and my belonging. He did a home visit before the move, we had several conversations to coordinate and Tori always was attentive. His team packed up all my fragile items carefully and made sure everything was well taken care of during the move. His team drove THROUGH A SNOW STORM to get my items to me on time. My move in was fast and his team put everything in place and even in the cold weather. They NEVER complained and even dropped off somethings at my office as well. If ever I move again, I will move Tori and Pack it up moving.
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Meenal K.
We hired Tori's group to move our stuff from Charlotte to NY. We had an amazing experience throughout. Tori was very polite and very professional. Mistakes happen during such projects but whats more important is that how the vendor deals with them. They were very polite and transparent in all their communications. They kept updating us on any delays due to traffic or otherwise. They moved our stuff next day, mind you that big moving companies charge more and take 7 or more days for such a long distance move. Here we got a personalized dedicated service. I will hire him again and will highly recommend!
Pack It Up Moving/Moving with IntegrityPack It Up Moving/Moving with Integrity
Kadeem C.
Travis and team did a phenomenal job in assisting my family and I with a long distance move. In addition to Travis’s flexibility, the entire team operated in a very professional manner. I’d be remiss if I didn’t call to attention the particular outstanding work by one of Travis’s workers, Floyd. Floyd went above and beyond in ensuring my belongings arrived on time and took the time address all of my concerns prior to the conclusion of the trip. I would highly recommend this company, and you’d be lucky to have Floyd assist you!
60/40 Services LLC60/40 Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Kingsley Restoration for a long distance move from Jersey City,NJ to Charlotte, NC. They were very friendly and professional. The quote was all inclusive and it was competitive. They were right on time. They came with a plan and loaded all my things in quick time from Jersey City. And gave my things back immediately I reached Charlotte. All my things are safe. They were very helpful while unloading and helped me to place all my big stuffs in the new place. Definitely I would hire them again.
Kingsley Water Damage RestorationKingsley Water Damage Restoration
Thumbtack Customer
I just moved my family from CLT to JAX and had a great experience with this company. They were very accommodating to meet my schedule and had the best price without sacrificing quality of service. They were very punctual and professional (they gave me a time for arrival and completion and they met it to pretty much the minute). The crew was very helpful and took great care of our things an put every thing exactly where we wanted it which I wasn't expecting. This was my first time doing a long distance move and hiring a moving company. With all the challenges we faced selling a home and finding a new place to rent (in a different state) they made made the moving part completely stress free, which was very much appreciated and need. Once I get settle here I will be looking for a permanent home and will definitely be contact them for our move.
Ready To Move 🚚 and cleaning services 🧽 🧹Ready To Move 🚚 and cleaning services 🧽 🧹
Calan R.
Frank told me that he would get me moved by a certain date. When I spoke with him he did mention that there was a possibility for a delay with long distance moving, but not to worry bc 99% of the time he hits the mark. I booked on a Tuesday, I called him Friday the day that I was expecting to move to confirm the move, and he told me that it was not going to be happening when expected bc of a delay. So he told me he would be here to move the following day (Saturday) around 9-10am. Saturday came and he had his driver call me to confirm a move for 5:30-6 pm. My move was 7 hours away, and I have two small children! I called him to let him know that I was not happy with the way things were going and he flat out lied about the things we spoke about over the phone! I called him multiple times after (because he has my deposit), to confirm that they would still be arriving at 5:30-6pm and no one answered the phone! By far the worst experience I’ve ever experienced with any company in my life! Please, if you are considering a move, be careful with this company!!
Pick Up Movers LLC Charlotte,NCPick Up Movers LLC Charlotte,NC
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